Thanks to the success in of the inaugural Made Here Film Festival in May 2021, we have confirmed it as an annual event. 2022 will see an in person festival April, 22-24, 2022. If you wish to stay up to date, please subscribe to our e-newsletter and mark yourself as "filmmaker".
All filmmakers residing in the eligible states may apply: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northern NY State, Vermont, Québec.

All styles of films and lengths (above 3 minutes) are accepted. The regional focus does not mean that the subject of the films needs to be regional. It is the filmmakers themselves that we wish to celebrate and promote. The festival will include opportunities for group chats for filmmakers to meet others, in the hope that new alliances may be formed.

MHFF will be free to the public but donations will be encouraged. VTIFF guarantees to share a percentage of the donation income with the filmmakers.
VTIFF will also share viewing data with the filmmakers.

Award winning films may also be screened at White River Indie Festival (WRIF) in May 2022 and at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, VT. Award winning films may also be included in the October 2022 Vermont International Film Festival.

VTIFF reserves the right to present it as a virtual event on its secure online platform.
By submitting your film you agree for your film to be broadcast on Vermont PBS's Made Here strand, subject to your agreeing terms.

2022 Awards

Vermont PBS Award for Best Documentary - $500
Penny Cluse Award for Best Fiction -$500
Media Factory Award for Audience Favorite - $500
More to be announced

MHFF does not accept works-in-progress. We accept films completed since April 2020.

All submitted films must comply with the Submissions Guidelines including deadlines, exhibition format, entry material, etc., as detailed in our listing. Please check the VTIFF website for further details (
We accept films of any style and any length over 5 minutes.

We are offering secure online screening of submitted films through and we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this fine service. Submission fees vary by deadline so make sure to upload your film prior to a particular deadline to qualify for that fee level. In no case will your film be considered if you upload it after the final deadline of the Extended Window.

Any films submitted without a paid entry fee by the given deadline will be disqualified from the submission screening process.

Because of the heavy volume of submissions, we will not email you when we receive your submission. Once it is securely up on FilmFreeway, you can safely assume we have been notified by the platform.

Films submitted must be available in English or in the original language with English subtitles. Films with closed captions are preferred, if dialog is in English.

Submit your film as early as possible, please. This gives us more time to consider your work.

Entry fees are payable by credit card or Paypal to VTIFF and are non-refundable.

Entrants are responsible for obtaining any necessary licenses, royalties, release forms, clearances and permits necessary to present their work. The Vermont International Film Festival is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits or royalty infringement related to the work. If your work is accepted into the Festival, we must be able to screen it without any encumbrances whatsoever.

Accepted films must be available as Mp4 or ProRes files

Notification of acceptance will be emailed. We ask you not to call the Festival office. All correspondence will be done through email and only with the original submitter.

If your film is selected, you will be asked to a headshot and brief bio of director, color and/or B&W still/s from the film, and a brief description of the film (75 words max) .

VTIFF is not responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademarks, credits or royalty infringements related to the work. Submission of an entry to this Show signifies that the entrant understands, accepts and agrees to these conditions.
Materials of all submissions become the property of the VTIFF, and can be used for review purposes and to promote the film and programs of VTIFF in all mediums including film, television, radio and the Internet.

Overall Rating
  • Anita Clearfield

    I can't say enough about how positive an experience this was! The festival organizers went out of their way to work with us and show our film in the "best light!" Lots of publicity and they handled the Q&A with award-winners very professionally. Overall, I highly recommend it!

    October 2021
  • I had such a lovely time viewing the films virtually. Communication was always consistent and the promotion of my film's award meant a lot. A great way to see fantastic New England-made films and I'm thankful my film was selected for the festival!

    May 2021
  • Christopher Brown

    After volunteering at VTIFF for a few years, it was an absolute pleasure to be on the other side of the screen, and the festival's communication was the best I've had from any festival so far. Thank you Orly and co.!

    May 2021
  • Andreas John

    Very welcoming festival despite having to be online during COVID. I'm excited to participate in the outdoor screening of the summer festival this fall. Thanks for the dedication to local film makers!

    August 2020
  • mario morin

    Great Festival. Amazing staff...very welcoming. I wish they received more submissions. I made some great friends. Thank you guys for your dedication to the independent film world.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    It was great having you and an honor to show your film. Next year will be bigger and better